Meetings of the Haiku Society of America - 2014 Meetings

Haiku Society of America Meetings

Haiku Society of America meetings are held at various locations throughout the U. S. The HSA also supports other local, national and international haiku activities.

The locations, times, and programs for the meetings appear in the HSA Newsletter and on this page of the HSA Web site. Announcements and details of HSA regional meetings appear in the HSA Newsletter. Inquiries regarding regional meetings can also be addressed to the appropriate Regional Coordinator. Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please verify your travel plans with the coordinator for each meeting.

Haiku Society of America 2014
National Meeting


1st Quarterly Meeting:
March 21-23, 2014 @ Atlanta

The conference will be held at the Artmore Hotel, 1302 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. 404-876-6100. <> HSA conference rate: $135 a night; add $15 for parking a vehicle.

Featured presenters will include: Jim Kacian, “Haiku in English: The First 100 Years”; Lee Gurga, a workshop; Stanford M. Forrester & Ben Moeller-Gaa, “Make Books, Not War: an exploration of the haiku chapbook, its many incarnations and possibilities”; Teresa Church, “Culture and Collage: An African American Approach to Haiku and Other Poetry”; Laurence Stacy, topic TBA; Lenard Moore, jazz haiku; Terri French, “Ku and Yoga”; and Tom Painting’s students from Paideia School. There will also be an open mike haiku reading for all participants and an HSA business meeting.

For more information, contact the Planning Committee of David Lanoue, Terri French, and Tom Painting.


2nd Quarterly Meeting:
July 25 - 27 @ Mineral Point, Wisconsin

This will be a special joint meeting of Haiku Society of America and the Cradle of American Haiku Festival 4. The Cradle Festival was originated to honor those in the Midwest who have contributed to the development of English Language haiku. Much of the early work in English Language haiku was done in the Midwest. The first Cradle featured Raymond Roseleip, one of the early English Language poets, from Dubuque, Iowa. The second featured Robert Spiess, early haiku poet and editor of Modern Haiku for many years who was from Madison, Wisconsin. The third featured Don Eulert and James Bull, who started the first journal devoted exclusively to English Language haiku at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The Cradle of American Haiku Festival 4 will honor and feature Randy Brooks, Lee Gurga and Charlie Trumbull, none of whom needs an introduction.

Open to the public, you may attend the Cradle of American Haiku Festival and the national meeting of the Haiku Society of America, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., Mineral Point.

There will be workshops on haiku and related poetic forms of Japanese-style, panel discussions, poetry readings, critiques of participants’ work, and exhibits of Japanese art.

These are some of the workshops and presentations to be featured at the festival that is scheduled in conjunction with the national meeting of the Haiku Society of America:

• A panel discussion on the past, present, and future of haiku, by Lee Gurga, Randy Brooks, and Charles Trumbull, followed by a short critique session.

• Haiga, art combined with haiku, by Aubrie Cox and Lidia Rozmus.

• Teaching Haiku, geared for workshop leaders, by Aubrie Cox and Randy Brooks.

• Brooks Books: Celebrating Four Decades, by Randy and Shirley Brooks, haiku publishers.

• Oral Interpretation of Haiku, by Jerome Cushman.

• Kukai, a haiku forum that includes judging of participants’ poems, by Randy Brooks.

• Polishing Your Haiku and Senryu To Be The Best For Publication, by Charlotte Digregorio.

• “Between Basho and Ban’ya: Bypassing Barthes: A New Brand of Haiku,” by Charles Trumbull.

• The “new” haiku, by Lee Gurga.

• Jun Fujita, The First Tanka Poet Published in the U.S., and his lyrical poetry, by Marjorie Buettner.

• Haibun, short prose that contains haiku, by Melissa Allen.

• A Ginko walk to appreciate nature and inspire the writing of haiku.

There will be an opening evening reception with music and a Saturday dinner to encourage networking among participants.

For more information or to have your name added to the mailing list, please contact Gayle Bull at 608-987-4363 or <>. For information on lodging, please check <>.


3rd Quarterly Meeting:
September 26-27, 2014 @ New York City

New York City, Westbeth Community Center for the Arts
For details contact Rita Gray <>

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Westbeth Center for the Arts, Community Room, 155 Bank Street
(Community Room is directly to the left when you enter at 155 Bank Street)

Program: Nominations and Issa
Led by David G. Lanoue

David G. Lanoue is president of the Haiku Society of America, professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana, and a prolific writer of haiku criticism and translation. His presentation will begin with a business meeting at which, in accordance with HSA by-laws, he will ask for nominations of candidates for this year's election of officers. He will then read from and discuss his most recently published work, Issa and the Meaning of Animals, which uses Issa's haiku to examine the poet's Pure Land Buddhist approach to treating animals ethically—with the care and compassion deserved by fellow travelers in a world shared with humans.


Program: Traditional Spanish Dances
Led by Miriam Borne

Miriam Borne has extensive dance training in ballet, flamenco, and modern forms, experience as a high school English teacher, and was the HSA Northeast Metro coordinator from 2007 to 2008. Her presentation will showcase a performance of Fandangos de Huelva, Sevillanas, and Alegrias, as well as a reading of her poetry. We will then write haiku in response to the dances, with judging and prizes to follow.

As usual, bring in a favorite haiku for our read-aloud.

For all who are interested, after the meeting we will go to dinner at around 6:15 p.m. at Dublin 6, an Irish bar/restaurant located at 575 Hudson Street between West 11th Street & Bank Street.


Upcoming HSA Northeast Metro Meeting Dates (to take place from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Westbeth Community Room):

Winter 2014: December 20, 2014
Spring 2015: March 21, 2015
Summer 2015: June 13, 2015
Autumn 2015: September 26, 2015

Rita Gray


4th Quarterly Meeting:
December 5-6, 2014 @ Washington DC

The December meeting of the HSA will be held in Room 3035 of the Smithsonian's Dillon S. Ripley Center. This is the lower level of the Sackler Gallery, underground between the Freer Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle, located on the Mall near the Smithsonian Metro Station. The best way to enter is through the kiosk between the Freer & the Castle on the Mall side; there's an elevator to the 3d level. The doors to the Ripley Center & the Sackler open at 10:00. Please be prompt; we have a full morning.

The Smithsonian Castle opens at 8:30 a.m. and the Castle Café is a convenient place for coffee & a snack. If the weather is nice, enjoy the Enid A. Haupt Garden on the Independence Ave. side of the Castle.


Friday afternoon:

If there is interest, a visit to the Japanese American Memorial to read and video haiku written in the internment camps  and to remember. 

Friday evening:

6:00-7:30: Poetry reading at Zed's Cafe featuring Roberta Beary and Lucinda Marshall, followed by open mic (coffee, light dinner; come early & stay late!) 8225 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 1/2 mile from the Silver Spring Metro Station. <>


Doors to the Ripley Center open at 10:00

10:15-11:10: Roberta Beary, "The Mad Woman in the Attic: Curbing Gender Bias in the Haiku Hierarchy."

11:15-12:10: Alexis Rotella, "A Look at Digital Haiga."

12:10-12:25: Business meeting

12:25-1:45: Lunch

1:45-2:15: Readings by the Towpath haiku group and Open Read

2:15-3:30: Rick Black & Kathleen O'Toole, “Between Words and Silence”, a presentation on Nick Virgilio, including "Remembering Nick Virgilio," a film by Sean Dougherty

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-4:40: David Lanoue, “Write like Issa”

4:40-5:00: Open read & depart

6:00-9:00: Dinner at Teaism


10:00-12:00: Ginko Walk at the United States Botanical Garden followed by lunch next door at the Museum of the American Indian


Important info:

Hotels: Bob Ertman recommends the Phoenix Park Hotel & will be there Fri & Sat nights.  It's near Union Station (& the Union Station Metro Station) & has a good rate & a discount for staying two nights.  You can book through which covers most of the hotels & motels.  Wherever you stay, you will want to be near a Metro station; here's an easy way to look:

Zed's Cafe: Located at 8225 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, just a half mile from the Silver Spring Metro Station. Check their menu at <>.

Lunch Saturday: Bob recommends the Pavilion Café at the nearby National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden & Ice Rink: a bit more upscale than the Castle Café, next door at the Smithsonian Castle.

Dinner Saturday: Teaism is a local favorite best known for teas, bento boxes, and their famous cookies. They also serve big dishes and offer beer, wine sake, and cocktails.  Located on the corner of 8th and D Streets NW. Visible from the Archives/Navy Memorial metro stop. Visit them on the web at <>.

United States Botanical Garden: Many wonders, both indoors and outdoors. Visit them online at <>. The closest Metro Station is Federal Center SW. Walk north (left) along Third Street SW for two blocks, cross Independence Ave and continue one more block to Maryland Ave. Look toward the Capitol and you will see the glass dome of the Conservatory. The Conservatory entrance is on Maryland Avenue.

National Japanese American Memorial: Located at the intersection of Louisiana Avenue, New Jersey Avenue and D Street, NW, near the Union Station Metro Station. This place of quiet beauty is tucked away on Capitol Hill. During WWII over 800 Japanese Americans were killed in action in the defense of our country. The wall around the memorial lists their names and also memorializes each of the internment camps where Japanese Americans were confined behind barbed wire during the war. We plan to pause there and read aloud haiku from Violet Kazue De Cristoforo's May Sky: There Is Always Tomorrow.

Contact Info: You can reach Bob Ertman by email at <>. Please let us know if you plan to come. Gassho.